Air quality factors do affect our health, and sometimes the exposure to hazardous situations in this regard are so subtle, that we don’t notice the effects until it is too late.
One example is the crisis of mesothelioma with the asbestos particles becoming airborne which causes a deadly cancer later in life. This caused a widespread buttoning up of the use of any kind of asbestos in industry, home building and any other major application in our society.
In addition to airborne asbestos particles, which was very widespread at one time in industrial applications, we as a society have been battling polluted air for decades. In the 50’s and 60’s is was very common to drive through major industrial and manufacturing cities and be exposed to noxious air from factories in the area.
Air pollution is a common problem in many major cities today from smog, which is really a fog like atmosphere caused by carbon emissions from automobiles. This presents us with many health problems in the respiratory arena when we live in those areas, because we breathe that type of air into our lungs on a consistent basis.
When Phoenix, Arizona completed the 101 highway that encircled the major metro area almost entirely as a bypass, it was an almost instant occasion of dark brown and sometimes black smog. The air quality in a city where the air was formerly advertised as being pure, suddenly went to a very unhealthy, and smoggy metro area.
Air particles that drift about in situations such as smog, automobile emissions and industrial pollution are breathed in and become trapped in our lungs. Anytime a foreign body enters our lungs or other organs such as our sinuses, and intestinal tract, the body has to react.
Over time, we see increased health issues such as respiratory illness, cancer and heart issues with people who are constantly exposed to poor air quality.